Electricity reduction project is up and running!

Monthly use was down from 83155 kWh to 80347 kWh

Monthly use was down from 83155 kWh to 80347 kWh between September 08 and 09

Upper School students heard about the project this morning in Assembly: after the 3% reduction we saw between September 2008 and 2009, what can be achieved in October, and how? A quick brainstorming session led to lots of good ideas.

Green Team will be taking up the ball now and working throughout the year to put in place, monitor and publicize  energy efficiency measures. We’ll also be reporting back every month on our data.

Next week Middle School Green Team will bring the message to their assembly. Stay posted!

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Ideas from the Fritz-Erler Schule (Pforzheim)

Great presentation from the Environmental Manager at the Fritz-Erler School in Pforzheim, which has reduced their energy use by 40% in the last 6 years, along with other less-measurable achievements. Below is a list of ideas that could be transferable to ASP…

Fritz-Erler Schule - check out the solar panels!

Fritz-Erler Schule - check out the solar panels!

  • “Waste police” student group monitors trash, recycling, lighting & heating in classrooms, leaving reminder notes in non-complying rooms and rewarding rooms with a good record
  • Student environmental reps (2) are elected by each class, participate in the council and receive a detailed letter of recommendation at the end of the year
  • Monthly meeting of the environmental committee are open to the public
  • Environmental forum twice a year with the Environmental Manager, 3 teachers, 3 students, and reps from 12 different parties
  • Traffic light in a central area is red if more electricity was used per day compared to last year, green if less
  • On open house day, the waste police makes a huge pile of trash in a central area – very impressive!
  • Permanent display of materials not wanted on campus (single-use containers, etc)
  • Regular sale of recycled school products by the business club
  • Annual sustainability report including articles by students
  • Clearly-written environmental policy with 7 principles (didn’t have time to copy them all)

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News from Karlsruhe

Joseph Scanlon and Anne Bayley are hearing lots of useful and inspirational information at the “International Greening Education” conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. A head zoologist from the local zoo gave a moving overview of the polar bear situation – will we let them go extinct in the wild as the sea ice melts? – or turn around our carbon-intensive economies to preserve the polar habitat? Compare the two pictures below (from her presentation) and see if you aren’t motivated!

Polar bear mother with 2 cubs

Polar bear mother with 2 cubs

Starving polar bear

Starving polar bear

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Maximising biodiversity and appreciation of nature on campus

Big progress is already happening here with our new gardener and the pond. What else should we be working on?

News from September – Jeremie (the gardener) added butterfly-friendly flowers to the bed at the Garches entrance. Classes from lower, middle and upper schools are using the pond!

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Using water sustainably on campus

What are your concerns/ideas regarding water use on campus?

Did you notice the automatic flush toilets and motion-detector sinks in remodeled bathrooms? These and other improvements from Mike Breen and his team will help us reduce water-wastage.

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Moving towards sustainable energy at ASP

This year we’re focusing on items 1 and 2 from this list. Do you have other ideas for us?

  • tracking and controlling waste of electricity and gas, eliminating waste
  • installing more efficient systems (lighting, passive solar hot water, green roof…)
  • installing alternative energies (solar panels)
  • moving to rechargeable batteries for school appliances
  • reducing carbon emissions from our buses/transport

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Improving recycling on the ASP campus

Lots of people have lots of ideas regarding recycling. Here are some of our priorities, what are yours?

  • streamlining recycling – let’s make it easy and ensure participation
  • composting in and outside of the caf
  • providing opportunities for purchasing recycled paper notebooks and other school supplies
  • procuring recycled paper for our staff/faculty

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